Template:Infobox Native American leader Carrie Quoetone Sahmaunt (August 20, 1904 – January 15, 2005) was known as the oldest Kiowa Indian. She died on January 15, 2006 at her home in Meers, Oklahoma at the age of 101.
Life[edit | edit source]
Tsat-Mah (Door Woman) was born to Jimmy and Be-ko-be-ah (Took something away) Quoetone (Gui-tone - wolf tail) in Carnegie, Oklahoma. At the time of her birth, a Sun Dance was held north of town. Her name was changed to Carrie when she attended the Rainy Mountain Boarding School with other Kiowa children. Although children were punished for speaking the Kiowa language, Carrie was among the few Kiowas who still spoke the Kiowa language fluently.
Carrie received a 160 acres (0.65 km2) allotment of land from the federal government as a full-blood member of the Kiowa Tribe. She married Joel Sahmaunt and had 10 children. She believed in education. All of her children went on to continue their educations after high school.
Carrie attended the Mount Scott Kiowa United Methodist Church, founded by her family in 1895. Many family members are buried in the Inter-Tribal Cemetery there. The church was declared a historical site by the United Methodist Church.
More than 400 people attended her 100th birthday party in 2004.
Awards and achievements[edit | edit source]
- 1976 Merit Mother of the Year for the state of Oklahoma
- 1988 Indian Education Parent of the Year by the Oklahoma Council for Indian Education
- First president of the former West District Women’s Society of Christian Service in the United Methodist Church’s former Indian Mission 
References[edit | edit source]
- "Carrie Sahmaunt (1904 - 2006)". Find A Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2014-10-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- "Carrie Sahmaunt, oldest Kiowa Indian, dies at 101". United Methodist News Service. 2006-01-18. Retrieved 2014-10-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>